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Posted on Sat, Mar 23, 2013 : 5:59 a.m.

Shine gift shop opens Saturday in downtown Ann Arbor

By Lizzy Alfs

Downtown Ann Arbor shoppers have a new store to check out on Saturday afternoon: Shine lifestyle boutique on South Fourth Avenue.


Shine opens at 211 S. Fourth Ave. on Saturday.

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The store at 211 S. Fourth Ave. is celebrating its grand opening from 4 to 9 p.m. with food, drinks and special gifts. Various artists also will be in the store signing products.

Shine — a “lifestyle” boutique based in Royal Oak — carries an array of products, including Jonathan Adler pottery, photography, children’s clothing, artwork, toys, jewelry, accessories, scarves, purses, wallets, T-shirts and home decor.

Manager Kelly Hadin said the goal is to carry products for anyone on shoppers’ gift lists, whether it’s children or grandparents.

The store will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The store’s hours will be extended during the summer.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at



Fri, Apr 19, 2013 : 7:48 p.m.

Cute store, is this related to Catching Fireflies at all? The merchandise looks pretty similar but more bare


Sat, Mar 23, 2013 : 5:04 p.m.

why are they using the word lifestyle?

Lizzy Alfs

Sat, Mar 23, 2013 : 2:17 p.m.

I love the brick walls in the space. Looks nice!


Sat, Mar 23, 2013 : 2:10 p.m.

I did take the time frame into account and that more inventory will likely be added before the grand opeing. However, the displays appears to be set and there remains a LOT of unused floor space. Granted that will likely fill in as the months pass - but for a start up buisness hoping to attract repeat customers in their first weeks there presently is not a lot to bring them back. I do like how they recycled old furniture. Very cleaver and environmentally correct.


Sun, Mar 24, 2013 : 2:08 a.m.

Yeah...I noticed that error - and a few others - after I clicked "Post". But what can you do. - Friend of the Cleavers


Sun, Mar 24, 2013 : 1:44 a.m.

very cleaver? "Ward, you were a little hard on the Beaver last night!" - June Cleaver

Jami Lippens

Sat, Mar 23, 2013 : 2:04 p.m.

Looks like a cute shop! But sort of similar to the one that opened recently (last year?) on Main Street. I have to admit though, I clicked on this article to find out what exactly a "lifestyle boutique" would sell.. LOL. I might have had my dirty mind racing. :)


Sat, Mar 23, 2013 : 1:06 p.m.

Don't want to pour rain on the parade, but I don't see this store surviving for long with the limited stock and high AA rental rates. The store is nicely decorated if it was a sitting room but it's not, it's a store. It's pretty empty and looks to hold mainly a small selection of the kind of stuff dozens of other gift shops hold. At $20 a square foot or so, that's a lot of unprofitable empty space. It's not like there aren't a number of other stores selling overpriced candles and soap in AA. Given the broad competition, this will be a tough go. Good luck anyway; hope you find that special something that makes your store a "go to" place.

Jojo B

Sat, Mar 23, 2013 : 4:20 p.m.

Oh but of course, you want to rain on the parade! And that's okay. Remember though that this is a store that has survived and thrived in Royal Oak for many years, so they might know a thing or two more than you give them credit for. Royal Oak has high rental rates as well.


Sat, Mar 23, 2013 : 1:43 p.m.

You're not taking into account the store wasn't open yet when these photos were taken. Meaning there is more inventory going in, I can assure you. If you actually look at the photograph you can see empty shelves...which again means it's not finished being stocked. Store usually open with smaller inventory anyway and build over the next year.


Sat, Mar 23, 2013 : 1:35 p.m.

(Ackkk - "its" not "it's" - blame the fingers not me!)


Sat, Mar 23, 2013 : 1:32 p.m.

I agree. Just a bunch more unneccesary consumer products that no one needs and, if purchased as gifts, will sit on the recipients shelves until the day it heads to the landfill. Nothing in the pictures were particularily enticing and the place looks more like it's in it's final days before closing rather than it's first day of opening.


Sat, Mar 23, 2013 : 12:47 p.m.

Will have to take a stroll down to the shop. Sounds a marvelous artist adventure. Best wishes in your new endeavors here in Ann Arbor.


Sat, Mar 23, 2013 : 12:38 p.m.

Looks wonderful! Can't wait to visit!!